Proceedings Fifth IEEE International Symposium on Requirements Engineering

27-31 Aug. 2001

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  • Proceedings Fifth IEEE International Symposium on Requirements Engineering

    Publication Year: 2001
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  • Where are we on the "fend off the alligators - drain the swamp" continuum?

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s): 266
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    Summary form only given, as follows. Over the past ten years, we have seen many useful developments in software specification tools, languages, processes, and practices as well as the creation of a number of excellent requirements management tools. Numerous books and articles have been produced on requirements elicitation and development. We have leamed to explicitly specify complex synchronous an... View full abstract»

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  • What happens with good requirements practices

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s): 268
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    Summary form only given, as follows. We??ve heard of the problems with bad requirements. We all have horror stories about the things that go wrong, the cost overruns, the schedule slips, the lost opportunities. What happens when you do it right. Some companies and government organizations are making requirement process changes and seeing some wonderful results. We will look at what has been done a... View full abstract»

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  • Requirements management at NASA

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s): 275
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    Summary form only given, as follows. Requirements have always been acknowledged as the backbone of any system. However, in many past development efforts, requirements were paid little heed. At NASA, in recent years, the hue and cry for project development has been "Faster, Better, Cheaper and Safer." This has impacted the way we develop software; it has increased the risks to quality, safety and r... View full abstract»

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  • Systems engineering at the enterprise level

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s): 276
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    Summary form only given, as follows. The principles of systems and software engineering can be re-applied beyond the range of the individual project. Traditional enterprise-wide tasks such as technology management, decision-making, organizational objectives, reuse, innovation and outsourcing are amenable to systems engineering. Examples of all of these areas will be presented. The rewards from a d... View full abstract»

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  • Discovering unanticipated software output modes

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s): 277
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  • Author index

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):320 - 321
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  • Discovering unanticipated software output modes

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s): 277
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  • Requirements-based dynamic metrics in object-oriented systems

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):212 - 219
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    Because early design decisions can have a major long term impact on the performance of a system, early evaluation of the high-level architecture can be an important risk mitigation technique. This paper proposes a technique for predicting the volume of data that will flow across a network in a distributed system. The prediction is based upon anticipated execution of scenarios and can be applied at... View full abstract»

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  • Reconciling software requirements and architectures: the CBSP approach

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):202 - 211
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    Little guidance and few methods are available to refine a set of software requirements into an architecture satisfying those requirements. Part of the challenge stems from the fact that requirements and architectures leverage different terms and concepts to capture the artifacts relevant to each. We present CBSP (Component-Bus-System- Property), a lightweight approach intended to provide a systema... View full abstract»

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  • Business implications on the requirements process

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s): 274
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  • Scenario-based systems architecting

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):318 - 319
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    We sketch work-in-progress in the area of systems architecting, which we regard as a fundamental element of system-level requirements engineering. We present our ideas on systems architecting, and relate them to the field of Architecture proper (as in buildings). We present our notion of system-wide scenarios and how these can be derived from contextual analysis of information systems, using a wel... View full abstract»

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  • What happens before requirements engineering?

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):298 - 299
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    At the Children's Services Planning Group, our task is to find a way of integrating all the various specialist agencies that provide support for children with problems or special needs, so that children and their families see us operating as a team, working together with the best interest of the child at heart, instead of the old way of doing things in which each agency operated within the narrow ... View full abstract»

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  • Residual requirements and architectural residues

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):194 - 201
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    Monitoring running systems is a useful technique available to requirements engineers, to ensure that systems meet their requirements and in some cases to ensure that they obey the assumptions under which they were created. This report studies relationships between the original requirements and the monitoring infrastructure. It postulates that the monitored requirements are in fact just compilation... View full abstract»

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  • Integrating organizational requirements and object oriented modeling

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):146 - 153
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    In recent years we have observed a growing influence of the object-oriented paradigm. Unfortunately, the current dominant object oriented modeling technique, i.e. the Unified Modeling Language, UML, is ill equipped for modeling early requirements which are typically informal and often focus on stakeholder objectives. Instead, UML is suitable for later phases of requirement capture which usually fo... View full abstract»

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  • Rethinking requirements

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s): 273
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  • Requirements archaeology: from unstructured information to high quality specifications [in the automotive industry]

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):304 - 305
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    Describes a successful approach taken at Mercedes-Benz Technology Center (MTC), with the goal of obtaining high-quality requirements specifications for cars while minimizing the additional workload of the core development teams. The system to be specified was the set of embedded systems responsible for driver and passenger comfort. The focus of the specification process was on software requirement... View full abstract»

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  • Process-Oriented Metrics for Software Architecture Adaptability

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):310 - 311
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    Proposes the POMSAA (Process-Oriented Metrics for Software Architecture Adaptability) framework, which aims to provide numeric scores representing the adaptability of a software architecture, as well as the intuitions behind these scores. In this framework, the intuitions behind the architectural adaptability scores are traced back to the "whys" of the architecture, namely the requirements for whi... View full abstract»

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  • Evolving system architecture to meet changing business goals: an agent and goal-oriented approach

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):316 - 317
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    Today's requirements engineering approaches focus on notation and techniques for modeling the intended functionality and qualities of a software system. Little attention has been given to systematically understanding and modeling the relationships between business goals and system qualities, and how these goals are met during architectural design. In particular, modeling must encompass changes to ... View full abstract»

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  • Acquiring software requirements as conceptual graphs

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):296 - 297
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    Eliciting and acquiring requirements is a key aspect in developing effective requirements for software systems. This paper describes a knowledge-based approach to requirements elicitation and acquisition, whereby "requirements patterns" are used to guide the process. The result of the acquisition process is a set of conceptual graphs, a knowledge formalism that is used for the specification, analy... View full abstract»

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  • An algorithm for strengthening state invariants generated from requirements specifications

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):182 - 191
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    In earlier work (Jeffords and Heitmeyer, 1998) we developed a fixpoint algorithm for automatically generating state invariants, properties that hold in each reachable state of a state machine model, from state-based requirements specifications. Such invariants are useful both in validating requirements specifications and as auxiliary lemmas in proofs that a requirements specification satisfies oth... View full abstract»

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  • The role of policy and stakeholder privacy values in requirements engineering

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):138 - 145
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    Diverse uses of information technology (IT) in organizations affect privacy. Developers of electronic commerce, database management, security mechanisms, telecommunication and collaborative systems should be aware of these effects and acknowledge the need for early privacy planning during the requirements definition activity. Public concerns about the collection of personal information by consumer... View full abstract»

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  • Is backtracking so bad? the role of learning in software development

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s): 272
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  • Metaphors of intent

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):31 - 38
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    Current research in cognitive linguistics questions demonstrates that metaphor is pervasive in the understanding and communication of abstractions of all kinds. This has wide-ranging implications for how we describe actual and envisaged information artifacts. Although it is not machinery or mind or mathematics or matter, requirements engineering and design methods must take some metaphorical stanc... View full abstract»

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  • Empowering requirements for a product family

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):302 - 303
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    Document-based management of requirements can be effective for single-site, narrowly-scoped projects. However, we firmly believe that it is essential to move to a database-centred way of managing requirements if platform-based product development and enterprise-wide requirements management is to be fully supported. This paper introduces an approach to the specification of system families that is d... View full abstract»

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